King Conservation District, February 2016
King Conservation District
Pre-Order Native Plants
by February 22nd & 
Come to Our Sale March 5th
     Order online for the 2016 KCD Native Plant Sale through Monday, February 22nd. Select from more than 50 species of trees, shrubs, berries, and groundcovers for home landscapes, hedgerows, and wildlife plantings.
     Pick up pre-ordered plants on
Saturday, March 5th, at the KCD offices, 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton.
      In addition to pre-orders, we will have up to 10,000 more plants available for walk-up sales.
     When you come to pick up your plants, be sure to visit our Native Plant Community Fair. Participating organizations will include the Washington Native Plant Society, Newcastle Weed Warriors, King County Noxious Weed Control Program, SHADOW, City Fruit, Rent Mason Bees, Tadpole Haven Native Plants, Seattle Tilth Garden Hotline, Scarecrow's Pride, Go Native Plant Nursery, and the WSU Forestry Program.
Manure Nutrient
Management Training
Enumclaw, February 11th
     The King Conservation District, WSDA, American Farmland Trust PNW, and Washington State Dairy Federation will host a free Manure Nutrient Management Training for all manure users from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 11th, at the Green River College Enumclaw Campus.
     Learn about current rules, regulations, and methods to avoid problems and maximize the use of livestock manure.
     For training details and online registration click Here.
Land & Water Stewardship
Series Set for Covington
     Join us for four free livestock management workshops at Tahoma High School in Covington. All classes will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.
     The series kicks off with Living with Livestock near Water, February 18, followed by Mud Management, February 25, Pasture Management, March 3, and Manure Management, March 10.
     Register online for the KCD Land & Water Stewardship workshops.
Pasture Management
for Improved Horse
Nutrition & Health
      Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water will present a free workshop on pasture management and horse health from 9:00 AM to Noon on Saturday, February 27th at SD & G Ranch southeast of Kent. Dr Lindsay Helvey of Northwest Equine Veterinary Associates will speak on the relationship of nutrition and diet to horse health.
     Learn about pasture management techniques, including how grasses grow, creating a winter paddock, liming, spreading compost, and rotational grazing. We will also look at how to use a hay core sampler and do a nutritional analysis of hay.
     Click Here register for the free pasture management workshop. 
Opportunities to 
Prepare for the
2016 Envirothon
     Emily Carlson, KCD Education Coordinator, is planning a series of events to help high school students and teachers prepare for this year's Envirothon
    First up, teachers can learn more about the Envirothon this Saturday, February 6th, from 1:00-2:30 PM at the Sammamish Public Library. A panel of environmental experts will answer your questions about forming and registering teams, competition details, and upcoming trainings. 
     Next, students and teachers are invited to a free Aquatic Ecology Training with Andy Loch on Saturday, February 20th, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Renton Public Library. Use water quality instruments to determine oxygen levels, temperature, and other factors about stream health.
     To learn more about Envirothon events, contact Emily Carlson at 425-282-1930, or email:
Apply for Cost-Share
Funding through the KCD
Landowner Incentive
     The King Conservation District is now accepting applications for the 2016 Landowner Incentive Program. Property owners with KCD farm or technical assistance plans are eligible for 50% to 90% cost-share assistance to implement one of 15 eligible conservation practices. To initiate the application process, contact Rachel Konrady or your KCD Resource Planner. Applications will be accepted monthly while funding lasts.
     If you have questions about the program contact Rachel Konrady, Landowner Incentive Program Lead, at 425-282-1907; or email:  
Luke Woodward
Assists Local Food
System Projects
       Luke Woodward, one of the founding land stewards at Oxbow Farm, recently joined the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) as their new King County Project Manager.
     Luke will assist with implementing two projects funded through the KCD Regional Food System Grant Program, including expansion of the new Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative and development of Cascadia Cooperative Farms for poultry and egg producers.
     See the NABC Winter Newsletter for their introduction to Luke and to learn more about their wide range of projects devoted to strengthening the local food economy.

Calendar of Events

February 6: Native Plant Salvage, Issaquah
Volunteer to salvage plants from Issaquah construction site and re-pot in Maple Valley.
February 6: Snoqualmie Valley Seed Exchange, Duvall
Community gathering to exchange garden seeds and knowledge.
February 8: SnoValley Tilth Meeting, Carnation
Meet neighbors and discuss issues of concern to local farmers.
February 11: Manure Nutrient Management Training, Enumclaw
Learn about current regulations and techniques for manure management.
February 11: STEM Expo, Enumclaw
Stop by the KCD booth to learn how staff and volunteers use "Mad Science" across King County.
February 13: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Get hands-on experience with native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
Feb 17-21: Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Seattle
Meet KCD staff and learn about our programs and services.
February 18: Living with Livestock Near Water, Covington 
First in our winter series of free Land & Stewardship Workshops.
February 19: KCD Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Event, Renton
Learn about growing native plants for stream and wetland restoration.
February 20: Urban Forest Restoration: Longfellow Creek, Seattle
Assist with habitat restoration at Longfellow Creek.
February 25: Community Agriculture Workshop, Renton
Community agriculture and food security workshop for elected officials and city staff members.
February 25: Mud Management Workshop, Covington
Manage stormwater to keep livestock dry in the rainy season.
February 25: Farm to Table Trade Workshop, Fife
Networking opportunity for farmers and food buyers.
February 27: Totem Lake Habitat Restoration, Kirkland
Restore and maintain this ecologically important area in the heart of Kirkland.
February 27: Stream Steward Training, Enumclaw
Become a KCD Stream Steward.
February 27: Pasture Management & Equine Health Workshop, Kent
Learn about the importance of pasture management for horse nutrition.
February 28: Advanced Homestead Pruning, Kent
Gain hands-on experience pruning young and old apple, pear and plum trees.
February 29: Green-Duwamish Watershed Symposium,Tukwila
Fostering collaboration, building partnerships, and sharing knowledge.
March 2: Forest Stewardship Coached Planning, Vashon
Kick-off for seven-week series hosted by WSU Extension Forestry. 
March 3: Pasture Management Workshop, Covington
Meet your livestock forage needs by becoming a grass farmer.
March 10: Manure Management Workshop, Covington
Make manure a valued asset, not a liability.  
March 12: Dealing with Mud & Drainage for Horse & Livestock Owners, Enumclaw
Practical solutions for managing stormwater at Trinity Ranch.
March 19: Veteran Fellows at Longfellow Creek, West Seattle
Honor military veterans while enhancing the environment.  
King Conservation District
Awards More than 
$1.8 Million in 2015 Grants
     The King Conservation District administers two major grant programs that support environmental enhancement and food system development across King County.
     In 2015 the KCD Member Jurisdiction Grant Program awarded $1,163,355 in grants to more than 30 public agencies and nonprofit organizations for a wide range of habitat restoration and community involvement projects. A full list of last year's Member Jurisdiction awards is available Here.
     And in its first round of funding, last year the new KCD Regional Food System Program awarded $663,878 in grants to support and promote our local food economy. A full list of 2015 KCD Regional Food System Grants is available Here.
2016 Regional Food System
Request for Proposals 

to be Announced
     This year's KCD Regional Food System Grant Program will make approximately $650,000 available to support projects that contribute to the economic viability of local farmers, encourage more new farmers, expand acreage in food production, improve food access, and increase demand for King County farm products.
     The 2016 Request for Proposals will be released next month. See the KCD Regional Food System Grant Program page for details on the application process.
Max Prinsen is Dedicated to
Enhancing the Environment
     Max Prinsen’s passion for resource conservation has included more than a decade of service on the KCD Board of Supervisors. Originally appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission in 2000, Max's initial term included four years as the KCD Board Chair.
     Following a four-year hiatus, in 2010 Max was elected to the Board. This January, when no other candidates filed for the position, Max was automatically re-elected for another three-year term.
     In addition to serving on the KCD Board, Max and his wife, Erin, have devoted many years to preserving Shadow Lake Bog, an ecological treasure southeast of Renton. In 1995 the Prinsens purchased the first 18 acres of what has expanded into a 92-acre conservation and education center known as SHADOW (Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands)
KCD Introduces New
Poultry Processing
Equipment Rental Program 
     As one of our new Regional Food System Program early action projects, the King Conservation District recently purchased equipment to enable small-scale producers to process chickens and other poultry for home consumption or on-farm sales.
     Starting this spring producers in the KCD service area will be able to rent the poultry processing equipment for 48 hours for just $25.
     To implement the new rental program, KCD is partnering with the Northwest Agriculture Business Center to manage online scheduling, and Grange Supply in Issaquah to serve as the equipment pick-up and drop-off location.
     Get details on renting our Poultry Processing Equipment via the KCD website.
Become a
KCD Stream Steward
Saturday, February 27th

Join us on Saturday, February 27th, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for a field training to become a KCD Stream Steward. Topics will include stream safety and water quality testing.
     Help your local community by volunteering monthly to test water quality on Newaukum or Boise Creek near Enumclaw 
     Register online for our free Stream Steward Training.

Take Advantage of KCD's
Free Soil Testing Service
     The King Conservation District provides up to five free soil tests for all residents in our service area. See our Soil Testing Program page for details.
     You can mail or personally deliver soil samples to our offices in Renton. Or save time and postage by bringing your samples to the KCD booth at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, February 17-21 at the Washington State Convention Center.
Increase Food Access &
Production in Your
       Elected officials and city staff members are invited to attend a free luncheon  on Thursday, February 25, from Noon-2:00 PM, to learn about our new Community Agriculture Program.
     We will introduce ways to increase urban agriculture and other food security efforts in your communities. See our Community Agriculture Workshop announcement for details.
Forest Management Classes
Set for Vashon Island
       Starting March 2nd, WSU Extension Forestry will initiate a seven-week Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course for Vashon Island landowners. Topics will include forest health, soils, wildlife and weed management, wildfire protection, thinning, and timber marketing.
     The early registration discount deadline is February 17th. Details and online registration are available at WSU Extension Forestry.
Join Us at the 
Green-Duwamish Watershed
Symposium, February 29th
     The first Green-Duwamish Watershed Symposium is set for February 29th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Tukwila Community Center. The event will include a keynote presentation on the impacts of climate change on the watershed, plus panel presentations focused on collaboration, sharing knowledge, and building partnerships. 
Share Your Passion for
Composting & Recycling
     Seattle Tilth offers opportunities for people across King County to learn about composting, recycling and waste reduction. See their website for links to Master Composting & Recycling Education programs for residents of Seattle, the Eastside, and King County.
Volunteer with the
King Conservation District
     In January the King Conservation District will host the following volunteer events:
    Native Plant Nursery: Feb 13 & 19
    Longfellow Creek: Feb 20
    Totem Lake: Feb 27
See our website for details on KCD volunteer opportunities:
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